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Hi everyone! It's Robin and Kate here - and we're excited to be thinking about Christmas today!!
We're thinking about Christmas today and why Christians celebrate it. What was so special about that first Christmas when Jesus was born? Let's find out.
First, here is a little quiz for you... can you guess the right answer just from your own knowledge? (submit your answers at the end to find out if you were right!)
Q1. Which of these contains the most salt per 100g?
Q2. Which of these contains the most fat per 100g?
Q3. Which of these contains the most sugar per 100g?
Were you able to guess the content of those food items just from looking at them? Sometimes it can be really hard to know about something or someone, just by looking at it. When Jesus was born he looked just like any other baby, nobody would have guessed that he was special just from looking at him! Thankfully God gave us some more information to help us understand what makes Jesus special. Watch the story (and read it below), as you do look out for clues in the angel's message about what makes Jesus special.
26-27 During Elizabeth’s sixth month of pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to a virgin who lived in Nazareth, a town in Galilee. She was engaged to marry a man named Joseph from the family of David. Her name was Mary. 28 The angel came to her and said, “Greetings! The Lord has blessed you and is with you.”29 But Mary was very confused by what the angel said. Mary wondered, “What does this mean?”30 The angel said to her, “Don’t be afraid, Mary, because God is pleased with you. 31 Listen! You will become pregnant. You will give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be great, and people will call him the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of King David, his ancestor. 33 He will rule over the people of Jacob forever. His kingdom will never end.”34 Mary said to the angel, “How will this happen? I am a virgin!”35 The angel said to Mary, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will cover you. The baby will be holy. He will be called the Son of God. 36 Now listen! Elizabeth, your relative, is very old. But she is also pregnant with a son. Everyone thought she could not have a baby, but she has been pregnant for six months. 37 God can do everything!”38 Mary said, “I am the servant girl of the Lord. Let this happen to me as you say!” Then the angel went away.Mary’s Visit39 Mary got up and went quickly to a town in the mountains of Judea. 40 She went to Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the unborn baby inside Elizabeth jumped. Then Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 She cried out in a loud voice, “God has blessed you more than any other woman. And God has blessed the baby which you will give birth to. 43 You are the mother of my Lord, and you have come to me! Why has something so good happened to me? 44 When I heard your voice, the baby inside me jumped with joy. 45 You are blessed because you believed what the Lord said to you would really happen.”
What would people call Mary's baby? (verse 32)
Son of the Most High
Whose throne would Jesus sit on? (verse 32)
How long would he rule for? (verse 33)
until he dies
for 1000 years
Elizabeth recognises who Jesus is. What does she know about him? (verse 43)
He is the Saviour
He is the Messiah
He is the Lord
Jesus is not like any other baby. He might look like it, but the Angel's message from God gives us more information about him. Jesus is the Son of God! He is holy and will rule the world forever. Jesus is God's special forever king. He can only rule forever because he is God, Jesus is not an ordinary man! We must realise that he is our Lord and King and choose to worship and follow him to enjoy his blessing forever.
Here's a crossword puzzle for you to have a go at! Use the Bible passage above to help you find the answers.
In the next bit of the story from the Bible (Luke 2), the story gets even more amazing... read this...So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
It says Mary put Jesus in a manger, that's like a big bucket that animals would feed from. Is this where we would expect a King to be born? (where would you expect it?)
Shepherds were not very fancy people. Are they the kind of people we would expect to be the first guests of King Jesus? (who would you expect instead?)
So it's a very "uncool" scene. A dark night, a dirty manger and smelly shepherds. Jesus is the awesome King, but he became like unpopular people FOR unpopular people, he became normal FOR normal people, he became humble FOR humble people. How does that make you feel?
We hear about the birth of Jesus every year at Christmas and it can be easy to forget how special he is. He is the Son of God, and the perfect and everlasting King! And he came in a way to show that we welcomes all kinds of people. He will never change and will never fail us! How could you remind yourself of this over the Christmas period?
Choose some of these things and pray them now:
Thank you that Jesus is God and the perfect king who rules forever!
Thank you that Jesus is the Son of the Most High God!
Please help me to remember how amazing Jesus is and worship him.
Please help me to trust Jesus as my King and worship him as my Lord.
Please forgive me when I forget that Christmas is all about Jesus.
Well done guys!! 👍🏾 Have a great week and a great Christmas! 😀
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